Author:vic-oliver

Trucks and traffic-light tragedies

A possible solution to reducing accidents involving heavy-duty trucks at traffic lights Serious and fatal collisions that occur at traffic-light intersections in South Africa often involve heavy-duty trucks that are unable to stop in time once the traffic lights change to caution (orange). Recent media reports have unfairly criticised reckless truck drivers after fatal collisions at intersections where traffic lights are in operation. However, what many drivers of light motor vehicles do not realise is that heavy-duty trucks that are […]

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The Menace of False Driving Licences

Because of the number of drivers in South Africa who use our roads with false and illegally obtained driving licences, it has become necessary for truck and bus owners to thoroughly test any new driver who they intend employing The numerous recent media reports regarding the alarming number of false driving licences issued are frightening – especially when an estimated one in three vehicles on our roads are being driven by drivers who may not have been taught the rules […]

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When every drop counts

Saving fuel has become a necessity for road transport operators. With the massive increases in fuel prices that we have witnessed over the last few months, commercial-vehicle operators have to take serious steps to optimise vehicle fuel consumption. The weakening of the rand against the United States dollar and the sharp increase of oil prices have been the main factors that have driven up the fuel price. With the instability of world economies, the escalation of fuel pricing is likely […]

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Become a Better Truck Driver!

Improving the skills of truck drivers will reduce the number of accidents and the risk of drivers being killed or seriously injured on our roads. Although many of the accidents involving trucks are not caused by professional truck drivers, following a defensive mode of driving and adopting a positive attitude will help drivers to stay alive. The first step for drivers to take to ensure they become more professional is to ensure that the vehicle is in a roadworthy condition, […]

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Avoid the winter chills

Prepare your vehicles for the winter weather. To avoid unnecessary and costly vehicle breakdowns and to ensure that a vehicle will start on cold mornings, extra care and maintenance must be applied at the start of winter. Cold weather makes starting a vehicle more difficult, because low temperatures make the engine harder to crank and, at the same time, reduce a battery’s power potential. A fully charged battery that delivers 100 percent of its full power at 27°C will deliver […]

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Managing smaller truck fleets

When transport is not a company’s core business, there are many benefits to be gained by professionally managing and controlling a small fleet of company-owned trucks. In many companies, management skills are often focused on the core business, and the operation of the delivery trucks is regarded as a necessary evil. To learn more about the tools and systems that are needed to professionally control and manage a small fleet of trucks, I went to see Donald Chalmers – a […]

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Managing Commercial Vehicle Operating Costs

The operating costs of heavy-duty commercial vehicles can be divided into fixed and variable costs, which must be monitored and controlled in order to lower total overall operating costs. In today’s highly competitive road-transport market, the steep increase in the price of new and used vehicles, as well as the cost of parts and maintenance, need to be managed as closely as possible. Many road-transport operators and logistics companies measure and control variable vehicle cost factors like fuel, tyres, maintenance […]

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Tis the season … to replace aging vehicles 

The beginning of each year is a good time for operators to audit their commercial-vehicle fleet and replace aging and troublesome vehicles. Sadly, many commercial-vehicle fleet owners do not have a well-constructed fleet-replacement policy and replace a vehicle only when it breaks down continually. However, not having a fleet-replacement policy in place makes it difficult for many operators to finance new vehicles. Many commercial-vehicle operators grapple with vehicle-replacement policies and strive to find the correct timing to replace their vehicles. […]

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No small job

It is important to know and understand the job functions of a commercial-vehicle transport manager. Managing and controlling a fleet of trucks and buses is an extremely important job and one that has a direct effect on a company’s sustainability and profit. To maximise the efficiency of the operation, the transport manager must carry out the following key job functions in a professional manner, in addition to other daily tasks: Cost control                  […]

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Bracing for AARTO

The legislators gave us a break in 2017. In 2017, some important amendments were made to the South African National Road Traffic Act to safeguard the transportation of children and other passengers in the goods compartment of a vehicle. Other amendments limiting the maximum speed of medium commercial vehicles came into full effect. An amendment to regulation 250, published on November 11, 2016, came into effect on May 11, 2017. This amendment states that no school children may be transported […]

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